BREAKING NEWS: JOHN PRINE SUCCUMBS TO CORONAVIRUS
The "Mark Twain of American songwriting" was one of nearly 2,000 Americans to die of COVID-19 complications in just one day.
The Guide adds our sorrow, sympathy and condolences to his widow Fiona, his family, and all those close to him.
Perhaps no one else in music has such a legion of songwriters and singers feeling that they were close to him, because his music connected so meaningfully with so many. And of course the same applies to his legions of fans.
"Daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenburg County,
down by the Green River where paradise lay?
"Well I'm sorry my son but you're too late in asking,
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away."
~ From the John Prine song, "Paradise," an early environmental-awakening anthem covered by countless artists.
Here's the edition before the above news was received.
Quick update for Tuesday. Enjoy!
THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...
"You've got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body's sermon on how to behave."
~ Billie Holiday, jazz singer and songwriter (born April 7, 1915, died 1959)
(our thanks to A.Word.A.Day)
Today's birthdays follow the news feature stories.
True. True. 'Ceptin' for the ones here!
Otherwise, Oprah knows.
A "Beautiful" collaboration unites Broadway stars in online performance
This just debuted this morning. Present and previous cast members of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," from productions all over the world, have taken part to create a music video that's a full-fledged online mini-show. These professionals and their amateur sidekicks (their kids and their critters) join with the New York Philharmonic, and more.
And we really mean more. One cast member took time out from the site she launched for performances by high school musical cast members whose shows were cancelled by the crisis. TV consulting doctor Jon LaPook played hookey from answering endless COVID-19 questions to reveal his vocal chops in the morning broadcast package. Carole King shows up as a voice in the chorus with today's Broadway leads.
The "Brady Box" screen is filled with more live performing sections than a jigsaw puzzle. This is cool.
It is, says a cast member, something they wanted to do to "remind people they are not alone during this period of self-isolation." Which is as close to a universal expression by artists everywhere as you're likely to find these days. But the production value in this one is superb.
After premiering first on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday, it's now an on-demand video link. This online performance features 80 members of the musical. The project benefits "The Actor's Fund," a non-profit that helps support actors and others in need.
"This is why we were put on the planet, to connect people," Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell told CBS News' Dr. Jon LaPook.
But that's not all. Mitchell is a recovering COVID-19 patient, as well as the non-profit's president.
He emphasizes that it's not just the actors that need help while Broadway's doors have been temporarily shut, but camera operators, writers, producers and "the grips and the gaffers and the sound people."
By extension, he was talking about musicians and techies and riggers and bartenders and cooks and servers and all those who work in the venues and the industry everywhere.
"We are all kind of gig workers," he said, continuing, "I've been in quarantine now for 18 days, something like that. I haven't touched another person. That's so weird. I know that's true for all of us."
The performance is joyful and heartfelt. It's "beautiful"-ly produced, with countless clever moments of individual creativity. It's an irrepressible connection of energy reaching through its many isolated impromptu venues, all the way to the theater seat of your couch.
* Stay through the end of the credits so you don't miss any of the delights.
* NOTE: choose... at the url below, click the video screen link at the BOTTOM of the story to see the performance. If you click the video screen at the TOP, you'll see the TV broadcast package.
* Check it out (here's the full url so you can share it):
Get a bunch of additional links at: www.cbsthismorning.com
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even if you can't see it
So it's cloudy and rainy and tonight, Tuesday, is the arrival of the Supermoon. It's not like you aren't already relying on pictures on your glowing screen for everything else, is it?
Reader challenge: prize to the first one who correctly tells us what our graphic under the word "Spaciness" (up top) represents.
Artists for Peace and Justice release album, "Let The Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol.1"
New video for "I Found Out" by Jonathan Russell, featuring Jackson Browne, Paul Beaubrun, Raúl Rodríguez, and Jonathan Wilson
There are two stories here. Let's start with the artists collective with names you know. They're the ones behind this great project.
"Artists for Peace and Justice" (APJ) is a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice, and addresses issues of poverty, around the world. They tell the Guide, "Our immediate goal is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, healthcare and dignity."
Here at the Guide, having been the producers of "The Concert for Haiti" a decade ago after that island nation experienced the worst disaster in its history, we are acutely aware that the world has never done enough to make the people there whole again.
Thus we are excited when we hear AJP say of the artists in their collective effort, "We are committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. Our model is simple: we believe in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and the power of education to change a nation."
More AJP info at:
Now, for the story of the album they just released; and the new video for it, just out Tuesday.
JONATHAN RUSSELL, of THE HEAD AND THE HEART, shares the video for his song "I Found Out" from the benefit album, "Let the Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1," a collaborative project of songwriters including Russell, JENNY LEWIS, JACKSON BROWNE, PAUL BEAUBRUN, JONATHAN WILSON, HABIB KOITE, and RAUL RODRIGUEZ, along with members of the Haitian roots band LAKOU MIZIK. The album is out now via Arts Music. The video was produced by Starfish Projects with post-production by MacGuffin Films.
"This video holds a special place for me, seeing the song come to life a few years after Jackson and I first met and I wrote the song on a beach in Haiti," said Russell. "From the warm night in Haiti, to a frigid winter day in New York City where we shot the video -- it has been a beautiful journey. To share the screen with so many incredible artists - including my dear friends Jackson Browne, Jonathan Wilson, Paul Beaubrun Raul Rodriguez and on and on - is an honor to say the least. Hopefully we can recreate this as a live show at some point down the road when the world has normalized. Excited to share this video with you with the hopes that it brings us all a bit closer together at this time when we all need it most."
Hailing from four different countries, interweaving North American Indie Rock with beats and percussion of Haitian Vodou, Spanish and Malian guitar, Tres Flamenco, with songs in English, Creole, Khassonké, Manding and Spanish, "Let The Rhythm Lead" celebrates the work of "Artists for Peace and Justice" in Haiti, and was recorded at their Artists Institute on the island's southern coast, in the town of Jacmel. The album has been praised by Rolling Stone, NPR's All Things Considered, Entertainment Weekly, Stereogum, Flood Magazine, and more.
"Let The Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1" track listing:
1. Lapé, Lanmou (Peace and Love), written by Jonathan Wilson and Jenny Lewis
2. Love is Love, written by Jackson Browne and David Belle
3. Surrender, written by Paul Beaubrun and Jackson Browne
4. Under the Supermoon, written by Jenny Lewis
5. Let the Rhythm Lead, written by Raúl Rodríguez
6. Goddess at the Wheel, written by Jonathan Wilson
7. Koulandian, adapted by Habib Koité
8. Saving Grace, written by Jonathan Russell and Kathryn Everett
9. El Viajero, written by Raúl Rodríguez
10. Simbi Dlo, adapted by Paul Beaubrun
11. I Found Out, written by Jonathan Russell
Watch "I Found Out" (Official Music Video) via Youtube:
Stream and purchase "Let The Rhythm Lead" at:
Today we watched people risk their lives to vote in Wisconsin
Save a Life & Save Democracy:
Implement Vote by Mail, nationwide
We are just six months away from Election Day 2020, and Americans still struggle with access to the ballot box. That election is still unclear, since some states' primaries hsve been delayed to protect public safety in the midst of a deadly pandemic. Others, like Wisconsin today, have gine forward because of disgraceful court actions that will limit voter participatiin and surely influence outcomes.
Multiple roadblocks can impede access: long lines, limited polling places available as needed volunteers to staff them refuse to do it and risk infection. Even without the pandemic, the deck is stacked in many places -- limited hours, difficulties getting time off from work, electronic machines that are vulnerable to hacking, inconvenient polling locations, transportation challenges, and voter suppression and intimidation. Point is, the challenges to casting ballots are real.
And here we are, facing a global pandemic when a very necessary election must be held. Simple fact is, when states require in-person voting, COVID-2019 coronavirus demonstrates another way things can go wrong. On Super Tuesday, many states took precautions to assure the safety of voters visiting the polls. Some voters, however, were still afraid of the threat and stayed home.
As the election cycle continues, there are more and more examples of election staff not showing up out of fear of contracting coronavirus COVID-2019.
Vote by Mail can ease all of these stressors. Voting by mail breaks down barriers to voting for seniors, working families, disabled Americans, and young voters. It can even allow voters to avoid bad weather, and offer them a way to vote without fear of contracting coronavirus COVID-2019.
Additionally, Vote by Mail has been proven to encourage greater participation in our democracy.
States that have enacted Vote by Mail have seen a 15 percent higher median turnout than polling-place-centric states during the 2018 primary.
Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon is introducing a bill to make that happen if coronavirus is causing disruptions into November or in other cases of pandemic or natural disaster.
We must, however, urge that all states adopt this measure, even without a push from Congress.
Several states have already successfully enacted Vote by Mail including Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Utah, California, and Hawaii -- and these states are seeing a higher voter turnout as a result.
Vote by Mail gives people the time and safety to vote from the convenience of their own home. It saves taxpayers money on election administration. And proponents say these mail-in ballots are unhackable, brcause paper ballots can be recounted and audited by hand.
Sign the petition to all state governments:
Make voluntary Vote by Mail accessible for all!
18 Million Rising
314 Action Fund
Alliance for Youth Action
Brave New Films
California Clean Money Action Fund
CCAN Action Fund
Climate Hawks Vote
Coalition on Human Needs
Endangered Species Coalition
Friends of the Earth Action
NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina
People Demanding Action
People for the American Way
Progressive Turnout Project
Social Security Works
The Alliance for Retired Americans
Petition url, for sharing:
News in focus...
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In any other presidential administration, this would be a signature scandal. In the current regime, it's just one more damn thing that makes America look like a hybrid of the Gang the Couldn't Shoot Straight, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, the Marx Brothers, and the Keystone Cops. Except all those were carefully scripted to look ridiculous, and these people are an inept improv troupe with cast members constantly coming and going. And these fools get people killed.
Why today is special...
On this day... April 7th...
The World Health Organization is established by the United Nations today in 1948.
Attila the Hun sacks the town of Metz and attacks other cities in Gaul today in 451.
Empress Matilda became the first female ruler of England today in 1141, adopting the title "Lady of the English."
The premiere performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's "St John Passion," BWV 245, happened today in 1724 at St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig.
Today in 1805, German composer Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his Third Symphony, at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna.
Today in 1949, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" opened on Broadway; it would run for 1,925 performances and win ten Tony Awards.
Today in 1788, American pioneers to the Northwest Territory establish Marietta, Ohio as the first permanent American settlement in the originsl Northwest Territory.
Today in 1798, the Mississippi Territory is organized from disputed territory claimed by both the United States and Spain. It is expanded in 1804 and again in 1812.
Today in 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition / The Corps of Discovery breaks camp among the Mandan tribe and resumes its journey West along the Missouri River.
Today in 1954 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "domino theory" speech during a news conference, and the die is cast for unwinable wars to "contain communism."
Today in 1971, Eisenhower's former veep, President Richard Nixon, announces his decision to quicken the pace of Vietnamization as an effort to get the US out of the quagmire of Vietnam.
Development of the neutron bomb is canceled by President Jimmy Carter today in 1978. Two years later, today in 1980, during the Iran hostage crisis, the US severs relations with Iran.
Today in 1990 in the "Iran–Contra affair," John Poindexter is found guilty of five charges for his part in the scandal (the conviction is later reversed on appeal).
Today in 1964, IBM announces the System/360. Five years later, today in 1969, the publication of "RFC 1" gave us the Internet's symbolic birth date.
Today in 2001, "the candle is lit" at the bottom of a rocket, and Mars Odyssey is launched.
C'mon baby, light my fire...
Today in 1827, John Walker, an English chemist, sells the first friction match that he had invented the previous year.
Translated before it disappeared into the sky...
Today in 1829, Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, is said to have commenced translation of the Book of Mormon, with Oliver Cowdery as his scribe.
Today in 1862, the American Civil War concluded one of its bloodiest battles when the Union's Army of the Tennessee and Army of the Ohio defeat the Confederate Army of Mississippi near Shiloh, Tennessee. Ironically, "Shiloh in Hebrew means place of peace.
See Naples and die...
Mount Vesuvius, which has a habit of doing so throughout history, erupts and devastates Naples on this day in 1906.
When Big Oil started screwing us...
The US Secretary of the Interior leases federal petroleum reserves to private oil companies on excessively generous terms today in 1922.
The first long-distance public television broadcast (from Washington, D.C., to New York City, displaying the image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover) took place today in 1927. (You thought it was much later, didn't you?)
Lone Star Beer, before Bob Wills music..
Prohibition in the United States is repealed today in 1933 for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight, eight months before the ratification of the XXI Amendment bringing total repeal. It's now celebrated as "National Beer Day" in the United States.
Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to be depicted on a US postage stamp, today in 1940.
Enemy sighted, sunk same...
The Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Yamato, one of the two largest dreadnoughts ever constructed, is sunk by American aircraft during World War II's "Operation Ten-Go," today in 1945.
Happy Birthday today, April 7th, to...
Janis Ian, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
Bobby Bare, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
John Oates, American singer-songwriter guitarist, and producer, remembered as half of Hall & Oates
Charlie Thomas, American singer
Patricia Bennett, American singer
James Di Pasquale, American composer
Brian Haner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
Vanessa Olivarez, American singer-songwriter, and actress
John Cooper, American singer-songwriter and bass player
Gilles Valiquette, Canadian actor, singer, and producer
Jack Duarte, Mexican actor, singer, and guitarist
Hamish Davidson, Australian musician
Kelli Young, English singer
Anne-Marie, English singer-songwriter
Mick Abrahams, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
Duncan James, English singer-songwriter and actor
Andi Fraggs, English singer-songwriter and producer
Jo Appleby, English soprano
Michèle Torr, French singer and author
Hans van Hemert, Dutch songwriter and producer
Rozalie Hirs, Dutch composer and poet
Karin Dreijer Andersson, Swedish singer-songwriter and producer
Leif Ove Andsnes, Norwegian pianist and educator
Béla Mavrák, Hungarian tenor singer
Artemis Gounaki, Greek-German singer-songwriter
Megas, Icelandic singer-songwriter
Oshik Levi, Israeli singer and actor
Florian Schneider, German singer and drummer
KC Concepcion, Filipino actress and singer
Hiroko Shimabukuro, Japanese singer
Hitoe Arakaki, Japanese singer
Francis Ford Coppola, American director, producer, and screenwriter
Jackie Chan, Hong Kong martial artist, actor, stuntman, director, producer, and screenwriter
And two famous political figures:
Daniel Ellsberg, American activist and author who, at great risk to himself, revealed the "Pentagon Papers" that told the secret, sordid story of US involvement in Vietnam and helped end that war
Jerry Brown, American lawyer and politician, 34th and 39th Governor of California
In memoriam to musicians and influencers born April 7th...
William Wordsworth, English poet (1770-1850)
Ravi Shankar (1920-2012), Indian-American sitar player and composer who would have been 100 today
Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998), American journalist, pioneer environmental activist, and namesake of a Florida high school where a mass shooting gave birth to student activism unseen since Vietnam
Walter Winchell (1897-1972), American journalist and iconic 1930s & '40s radio host whose signature opening was "Good evening Mister and Missus America and all the ships at sea"
Percy Faith (1908-1976), Canadian composer, conductor, and bandleader who recorded orchestral versions of rock and popular melodies.
Billie Holiday (1915-1959), American singer-songwriter and actress, author of today's quote
James Garner, American actor, singer, producer, war hero (1928-2014)
Cal Smith, American singer and guitarist (1932-2013)
David Frost (1939-2013), English journalist and game show host, conducted the famous "Frost-Nixon Interviews" with the resigned, disgraced US president
Yves Rocher, French businessman, candy maker, founded the Yves Rocher Company (1930-2009)
Freddie Hubbard, American trumpet player and composer (1938-2008)
Bruce Gary, American drummer (1951-2006)
Spencer Dryden, American drummer (1938-2005)
Mongo Santamaría, Cuban-American drummer (1922-2003)
Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian-American drummer, educator, and activist (1927-2003)
Kazuki Watanabe, Japanese songwriter and guitarist (1981-2000)
Gary Kellgren, American record producer, co-founded Record Plant (1939-1977)
Ralph Flanagan, American pianist, composer, and conductor (1914-1995)
Robert Casadesus, French pianist and composer (1899-1972)
Domenico Dragonetti, Italian bassist and composer (1763-1846)
Nicola Sala, Italian composer and theorist (1713-1801)
9 am Pacific - "LIVE AT 5 WITH MICHAUT/PERKINS" from Denmark, where our 9 am is their 5 pm.
* It's the international acoustic duo of BRETT PERKINS, who launched his music career in Southern Cal, and MAGALI MICHAUT, a singer-songwriter from France.
* This is a new live performance series available daily on the Magali Michaut Music page on Facebook at: https://m.facebook.com/MagaliMichautMusic/
11:30 am Pacific - Daily livestream: "BRIGHT MINDED: LIVE WITH MILEY CYRUS," connecting with special guests, discussing, she says, "how to stay 'lit' in dark times."
* Wednesday's guests: Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Duff, Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa.
* Probably not where you'll find us, but somebody might wanna know.
* At: https://www.instagram.com/mileycyrus/
5 pm Pacific -
(Time varies) - NEW ORLEANS MUSIC VENUES offering online / live streams, via the "OffBeat" magazine live stream page. Times and venues vary, as shows are arranged in empty houses just for webcast, at: http://www.offbeat.com/livestreams/
The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA, has new digital platforms to bring their original content to you wherever you are, including The Broad Stage Learning Hub and The Broad Stage at Home.
For families with school-age children, The Broad Stage Learning Hub is rich with Learning Guides they have developed over years of work in schools throughout Los Angeles and Santa Monica. They are easy to use, enriching and align with existing K-12 curricula you are now managing at home. They offer those resources with an encouraging, "Go parents!"
For all of us missing the artists who grace the stages, The Broad Stage at Home brings new, livestreamed content and archival concert footage.
It kicked-off Saturday, March 28, at 8 pm, when they presented the Red Hen Press Poetry Hour, where, says Rob Bailis, the Broad's Artistic and Executive Director, "from our respective living rooms, award-winning writers Sandra Tsing Loh and Dana Gioia, Red Hen Press Executive Director Kate Gale, and I will host an evening of poets from all over the country responding to our current situation. Join us!"
Some unique to today (on any given day), some on-demand...
How about a "Watch/Listen Quarantine Edition" of an interactive newsletter -- with live events?
Escape with us to the SYMPHONY. Watch highlights from past performances, join Pacific Symphony musicians from their homes, directly through Cyberia to your living room. Or catch up on your reading of things classical on the Symphony's blog. It's all at:
Tuesday 4/7 - The Future of Entertainment
features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight,
and strings tuned.
Find a comfortable spot by the
wood stove -- you'll prob'ly need to
grab the cards for solitaire, since you
can't have somebody over for a round
of checkers. But we'll be along...
directly, from a safe social distance.
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"
(good for avoiding the "regular" flu & colds, too)
• Coronavirus lives on inorganic surfaces anywhere from two hours to NINE DAYS; it all seems dependent on temperature, unless it is killed by disinfectant. When tests revealed that, even health care workers were surprised. It brings more emphasis to many of the following points.
• Stop shaking hands. Don't do "fist bumps" because that's still hand-to-hand contact. And don't become a mad elbow-bumper, because of the next point.
• Cough into the inside of your elbow, ANY TIME you cough.
• Make your own hand sanitizer if the stores are out. Formula, from a doctor who makes it with her kids: two parts isopropyl alcohol (drugstore alcohol, at least 70% alcohol), one part aloe vera gel, a dash of any essential oil. Works just ss well as store bought stuff.
• Don't be a transporter. Immediately remove shoes inside your front door and change clothes when you get home. Don't plunk-down on the couch until you shed what you were wearing at work or in the store or on the bus or in the coffee bar. Stop tracking everything from the sidewalk onto your kitchen and bathroom floors and your rug.
• Be mindful of your car. Everything you touch, everywhere, is on your steering wheel. Everywhere you sit is on your car seat. Keep 'em disinfected -- Clorox wipe the wheel, Lysol spray the seats, often.
• Everything you wear goes in the hamper. No multi-day wearings between washings.
• Don't buy-up all tbe masks that medical responders need. Nearly all the masks in the stores are Dust Masks, made to keep carpenters and other tradesmen from inhaling sawdust. Expecting those to protect you from tiny viruses is like trying to filter water with a tennis racket. Plus, wearing masks everywhere is not a good idea -- without training and lots of practice, you'll contaminate the thing and then breathe a stewpot of microorganisms up-close and personal.
~ gas pump handles -- whatever was deposited on them is now on your steering wheel, and marinading on your hands as you snack while driving.
~ airline & train tray tables -- who knows when they were last cleaned and to what extent? When we saw a baby being changed on one... (bring a little plastic box of Clorox wipes when you travel).
~ bring your own food on the airplane -- you're probably doing that, anyway, since they stopped feeding you back when they started charging for carry-on luggage and made you ride with your knees in your armpits. Flight attendants have tested positive -- their hands pour drinks, dispense snacks, and pick-up everybody's garbage.
Read AND SHARE The Guide's complete feature story on the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the edition at: https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2020/02/leap-day-weekend-leaping-into.html